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Unapologetically bold, spice-driven and jammy, Zinfandel is often thought of as California’s flagship grape. In fact it owns this title by having the ability to adapt to the states’ many microclimates and landscapes, producing unique expressions of the grape throughout. Zinfandel thrives in California’s Central Coast, as well throughout Sonoma County, parts of Napa Valley, the Sierra Foothills, Lodi and Paso Robles.

Zinfandel's story begins in Croatia in the 1400s when it went by the names, Tribidrag or Crljenak Kaštelanski. In the 1700s, it made its way to southern Italy where it became known as Primitivo. The astute imperial nursery of Vienna collected specimens of the vine and acted as the source of its journey to New England, carried by George Gibbs circa 1829. Eventually, making its way to California around the Gold Rush of 1849, Zinfandel found its new home, parading the true American spirit. The modern spelling of Zinfandel first appeared in 1852 and became standard about a decade later.

Tasting Notes for Zinfandel

Zinfandel is a dry red wine, though typically forward in fruit. Notes of dark plum, blackberry, sweet spice, dark chocolate and licorice are common. Very ripe examples may express a dried fruit quakity like fig or prune. But Zinfandel grown in cooler, coastal zones often shows red fruit, black pepper and fresh herbal characteristics like juniper and menthol.

Perfect Food Pairings for Zinfandel

Zinfandel is a powerfully flavored wine, mingling happily with bold food like brisket, lamb shanks, pork ribs or anything barbecued. More delicate Zins work with pork, lamb curry and even Ceasar Salad or Salad Nicoise.

Sommelier Secrets for Zinfandel

Thanks to its popularity both for home winemaking and as communion wine, many Zinfandel vines were able to survive prohibition, leading to the abundance of "old vine" Zinfandels. These low-yielding, ancient vines tend to produce wine that is deeply concentrated, delicately perfumed and decidedly complex.

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    Rombauer California Zinfandel 2018
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  • Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
    Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Zinfandel 2018
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    Zinfandelic Lodi Zinfandel 2018
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  • Michael David Winery Earthquake Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
    Michael David Winery Earthquake Zinfandel 2018
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    • Martinelli Vigneto di Evo Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
      Martinelli Vigneto di Evo Zinfandel 2018
      Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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      • Scott Harvey InZINerator Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
        Scott Harvey InZINerator Zinfandel 2018
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      • Marietta Roman Estate Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
        Marietta Roman Estate Zinfandel 2018
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        • St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
          St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 2018
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        • Four Vines Old Vine Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
          Four Vines Old Vine Zinfandel 2018
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        • Cline Live Oak Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
          Cline Live Oak Zinfandel 2018
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          • The Federalist Lodi Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
            The Federalist Lodi Zinfandel 2018
            Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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            • Ghost Block Pelissa Vineyard Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
              Ghost Block Pelissa Vineyard Zinfandel 2018
              Zinfandel from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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              • Grayson Cellars Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                Grayson Cellars Zinfandel 2018
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              • Hullabaloo Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                Hullabaloo Zinfandel 2018
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                • Oakville Winery Estate Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                  Oakville Winery Estate Zinfandel 2018
                  Zinfandel from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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                • Pedroncelli Mother Clone Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                  Pedroncelli Mother Clone Zinfandel 2018
                  Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                • Ravenswood Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
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                  • Tortoise Creek Zinfandel 2018 Front Label
                    Tortoise Creek Zinfandel 2018
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                  • Three Wine Company Old Vines Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                    Three Wine Company Old Vines Zinfandel 2018
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                    • GEN5 Zinfandel 2018 Front Label
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                    • Kokomo  Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                      Kokomo Zinfandel 2018
                      Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                    • Plungerhead Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
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                      • Three Wine Company Red Label Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
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                        • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                          Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Zinfandel 2018
                          Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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                        • 1000 Stories Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
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